Over 8.7 million species are found on Earth, with some thriving in the most hostile environments on the planet. This is thanks to the adaptations they have evolved over millions of years.
Stage 4 Science and Technology
Stage 5 Science and Technology
Stage 6 Biological Diversity
Key Inquiry Questions
How to use this resource in the classroom
Download the Curriculum Map for suggested teaching and learning activities for each syllabus outcome.
Additional activities & classroom resources:
Extension activities (suitable for Stage 5-6 students):
1. Plant adaptation survey
Survey for plant adaptations in your school [Activity Sheet]. This activity is best suited as an assessment tool to be completed once students have used this web resource to learn about plant adaptations to different extreme environments.
2. Adaptations sensory poster
Create a sensory poster displaying the adaptations of an animal or plant of their choice living in extreme environments [Activity Sheet].
3. Guess the habitat
Students use their understanding of structural adaptations to extreme environments to deduce the habitat of an unknown animal. Students will then create this environment on Minecraft [Activity Sheet].
This activity is best suited as an anchor activity as students explore the other web pages of this resource, or as an assessment tool to be completed once students have used this web resource to learn about adaptations to other environments.
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